Is phone unlocking legal?
It’s finally happened: as of today, unlocking your cellphone to work on other networks or carrier is legal again in the US. The White House and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), who helped pass legislation earlier this year, announced that President Barack Obama is signing the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act.
This is very important news for most cell phone user in America; consumers got back the right to use their mobile phones on any network.
You can celebrate by unlocking all your phones (or telling someone else to do it) without fear of fines or lawsuits.
How phone unlocking works?
There are two cell phone technologies that are used by the majority of the world’s mobile phone service carrier or providers: Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) and Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA). If you have a CDMA phone, then your phone is not unlockable. End of story. However, if your phone operates on a GSM network, then it might be unlockable.
What’s the difference?
GSM cell phones use (SIM) cards CDMA phones have no SIM. SIM card is a little devise that is inserted into the phone it contains some of your information settings and your phone number. You can remove this card from your mobile phone and insert it into another phone. If someone calls your number the new phone will ring.
So basically your GMS number an account is linked to the SIM card it allows you to use that number with any unlocked phone.
But what means that a phone is locked?
This simply means that your service provider has installed some software on the phone that ties you SMS user ID on the SIM card to the serial number of that particular phone, so the SIM card ID and the phone serial number must match if they don’t then the SIM card won’t work in other phone and the phone won’t work with other SIM card. In North America, fewer phones are sold unlocked.
Having an unlocked phone have a lot of advantages I will cover this in another post.
So, summarizing as so many people keep on asking if Is phone unlocking legal, the answer is YES, it is completely legal.